World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016

World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016

Do you have an idea that has the potential to improve how education is designed and/or delivered – and thereby positively impact your community, your country, and/or society at large? If the answer is yes, then the Youth Summit 2016 Competition gives you the opportunity to share your idea, connect with peers and high-level experts, and explore how to bring your idea to the next level. The purpose of this competition is to challenge young people to solve the problems that matter to them most by crafting their own solutions so that they can build the future they want. Awards vary and details will be announced at a later stage.

The World Bank was established in 1944, it is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.


  • The competition is open to individuals or teams of 2-4 people aged 18 to 35 (herein defined as “Participants”), from all over the world
  • Prior entrepreneurial experience or business background is not required – all individuals with the drive to innovate are encouraged to participate, including professionals from business or policy, students and academics, NGO leaders, government officials and start-up founders
  • Teams and individuals are limited to one submission each
  • Active (at the time of the submission up until the closing of the Youth Summit 2016) staff of the World Bank Group, including Consultants and Interns, are not eligible to participate in the competition

How to Apply:

Participants should propose an innovative and action-oriented idea on how to provide young people with a quality, inclusive and relevant education, adapted to the realities of the 21st century. The proposed solution can be aimed at business or policy (e.g. product, service, program, policy, course, initiative etc.) and should relate to at least one of the subthemes of the Youth Summit 2016:

  • Innovation and Technology in Education
  • Skills for the New Economy
  • Gender Equality in Education
  • Education in Crisis Zones

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Proposals must be created by and owned by the participants
  • Proposals must be submitted in English
  • Proposals shall provide an innovative and action-oriented business-level or policy-level idea on how to provide young people with a quality, inclusive and relevant education, adapted to the realities of the 21st century
  • Proposals must (a) provide a short 2-5 sentences summary of the idea, (b) describe the specific educational problem/need that the proposed solution seeks to address, and (c) describe the solution proposed to address this specific problem/need (e.g. a product, service, program, policy, course, initiative etc.)
  • Proposals must be between 1,000-2,500 words in length, all-inclusive – i.e. including all bodies of text, titles, headings, tables, textboxes, footnotes, endnotes, references, appendices etc. – and must not exceed 4 pages in total
  • The following information must be provided at the top of the first page of the Proposal: (a) the names of the Participant(s) submitting the Proposal – for teams, all team members’ names shall be listed (b) the final word count (all-inclusive)

Submitting Details:

You can submit your proposal through the online Competition Submission Form. The link is:

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Winners will receive in-kind prizes. Details will be announced at a later stage.
  • In addition to the prizes, the YSOC will make all efforts to feature and promote Finalists’ and Winners’ ideas on the Youth Summit event page and social media platforms, and to provide exposure to Winners at high profile events, including, for example, webinars, workshops, and other events of the World Bank’s development partners globally.

Application Deadline:

Submit your proposal by 11:59 pm EST, September 25, 2016.

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